In Support of Sustainable Eating

Why US Dietary Guidelines Should Prioritize Healthy People and a Healthy Planet

Published Feb 18, 2020

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A growing body of research shows that shifting what we eat could improve the health of the population and the planet. However, the US government has declined to incorporate this evidence into federal food policies.

As government agencies develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a review of recent studies on dietary patterns and sustainability by the Union of Concerned Scientists and colleagues shows that current US dietary advice may not support the long-term environmental sustainability of the food system.

This policy brief outlines key actions and recommendations for federal agencies and policymakers to help protect public health and food security for generations to come.